Ruby Bridges

a young girl who helps change old history

Just a Young Girl

Ruby Bridges was the first african-american child to go to an all-white school in the South.

Ruby was born on September 8, 1954 in Tylertown, Mississippi. At the age of six she was escorted to an all-white school by her mother and U.S. marshals because of violent mobs. Being the first african-american child to do this helped the Civil Rights Movement to get where it has gotten.

Biological Information

Ruby Bridges was born on Sept. 8, 1954 in Tylertown, Mississippi. She grew up on a farm with her family (parents and grandparents). When she was four her family moved to New Orleans. Ruby was like any other kid, playing with her dolls and playing with other kids. But when she wanted to go to school, she couldn't go. And when she did go, she was the only child at first in the school. After all of these hard times, Ruby Bridges made it through. Today she is 62 years old and is still teaching kids about what happened and telling her story.

Hatred towards African-Americans

Many white people hated african-americans. The only reason white people hated them was because they weren't white, they were black. Through history african-americans get put through the toughest situations. Ruby Bridges school life being one. No white parents wanted their children to go to school with a black child. So Ruby Bridges was the only one going to William Frantz Elementary School. Instead of going to school, white children and their family held violent protests in front of the school. These protests weren't physical abusive but mentally abusive. Under this paragraph is an example of how mentally abusive these protests were.
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Challenges Faced

Ruby Bridges faced many challenges, starting with just having a different color of skin. That was probably the hardest challenge she had to face. This challenge leads up to the rest of her problems. People were mentally abusing a little black girl for going to a white school. She was scared everyday but instead of fighting back violently, she prayed for all those white people. She said that they didn't know what they were saying and that God should forgive them. I call this forgiving and killing them with kindness.

What is she doing today?

Ruby Bridges Story


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